Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman

Why Hugh Jackman Is Drawn to Real-Life Characters Following Wolverine Films

Wolverine is making his political debut in director Jason Reitman’s latest film, “The Front Runner.”

Set to hit theaters on Nov. 21, “Front Runner” centers on the real-life story of presidential candidate Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman) who’s accused of having an affair with a woman named Donna Rice (Sara Paxton). The scandal also marks the beginning of a shift in American politics, establishing a system rooted more in tabloids and scandals than in actual policies themselves.

“I think this is an important moment in which things shifted in terms of our relationship with public and private, relationship between candidates and the press, as well as with gender politics,” Reitman said at a Q&A for “The Front Runner” during the Variety Screening Series.

Jackson said he also appreciated the more human elements of the film, especially after playing the iconic Marvel superhero Wolverine for so long.

“As I get older, I’m more interested in the grey areas of life — what makes us human. I’ve played a superhuman for quite a long period of time,” Jackman said. “There’s no heroes, there’s no villains; it’s just a bunch of human people making a whole lot of mistakes.”

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